Hornbill Unleashed

October 5, 2014

UPP makes waves but all is quiet on the Teras front

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:45 AM
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From left: Mawan and WongJimmy Adit

New political parties have much to do to prove they are a force to be reckoned with.

 It means they must be seen to be active and to do this they need to keep the media posted. They must create news for the media to partake.
In September last year, the Registrar of Societies approved the formation of five political parties in Sarawak. Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak was one of them. United People’s Party (UPP) came much later.

The days following the announcement of the formation of the five parties, there were efforts on the part of some of their founders to tell the masses that they would go on a recruitment drive and explain their stand.
So we heard statements like being BN-friendly, becoming the third force (whatever that means) and providing an opposition alternative.
It all sounded exciting, but since then there has been no further development. No news of them recruiting members and opening branches. No news of their annual general meeting. No grand launching of party symbols. Just dead silence.
UPP, however, is an exception. This creation of former SUPP strongman Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh is in the news because it is making a serious bid at being counted by Barisan Nasional (BN).
Officially registered last July 14, the state’s youngest party has been making headlines. Wong and comrades are stealing the limelight with news of the formation of party branches and service centres.
Hardly three months old, UPP now claims to have 15,000 registered members in Sibu alone.
“And we are still recruiting. We will have members from Limbang to Lundu,” Wong declared.
Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), the party Wong had failed to win control over and then wanted to kill, would be cheating itself if it said it was not worried by UPP’s growing emergence. SUPP surely must be worried.
But, is Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) losing sleep by rival Teras, the party that its former president Tan Sri William Mawan now heads?
SPDP should not be losing sleep for the simple reason that Teras as a party is weak. Well, it appears weak. It can’t claim power when the Teras’ front has been so quiet.
Remember, Teras is a new party, its branches and divisions must be approved by the ROS. And we all know that it is not easy to get branches approved which is why UPP makes a show of every one of its approved branches.
SPDP has approved branches; not Teras. Those who left SPDP to join Teras would have to submit new applications to ROS to form their respective branches. Have they done that?
Teras leaders like Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Peter Nansian, Marudi assemblyman Datuk Sylvester Entri, Batu Danau assemblyman Palaus Palu Gumbang and Bekenu assemblywoman Rosie Yunus were partyless for several years after they were expelled by SPDP in 2011. Technically, all those years they had no branches, therefore, no members.
They have to start all over again – form protem committees, hold meetings, apply to form their respective branches and recruit members. But strangely Teras has not been as busy as UPP.

It’s not easy to escape media attention, therefore, it is rather strange that Teras is exceptionally successful in being secretive.

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5 Comments »

  1. 3 more parties will be apptoved by ROS- Parti Manok, Pati Itek dan Pati Lembu.

    Comment by Ali bin Abu — October 6, 2014 @ 8:35 AM | Reply

  2. Teras have guns but no bullets so how to make rattling loud noise?
    And Upp of course can make noise when they shake their money bags….

    Comment by brian — October 5, 2014 @ 12:41 PM | Reply

    • They have to source the like of Datuk Tiong to supply them with bullet.

      Comment by Ali bin Abu — October 6, 2014 @ 8:33 AM | Reply

  3. Publicity and public relation propaganda will not lead a political party anywhere. Najib Razak has spent millions on public relations propaganda, publicity and slogan engineering, only to lead to failure to regain 2/3 majority in GE13.

    With the Bible and Allah issues, NCR land issues, displacement of natives by several unwanted dam projects, flip flop on education policies and long overdue infrastructure projects yet to be implemented, several fuel hikes in the last 5 years and the half hearted demand for 20% oil royalty by Adenan and BN Sarawak, it will be an even more uphill task for UMNO Baru controlled BN to rely on old tricks and cheating to win the next state election.

    To TERAS, UPP and SUPP we say goodbye forever. Pakatan Rakyat must seize the above thorny issues affecting all Sarawakians and strengthen its machinery without PAS to defeat Taib Mahmud’s remote controlled Sarawak BN in the soon to be held state election.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — October 5, 2014 @ 12:21 PM | Reply

  4. New clowns

    Comment by tigerykey — October 5, 2014 @ 11:34 AM | Reply


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